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By Mrinalini Kamath

From June 6th to June 30th, New York, Brooklyn, Queens and the Hamptons will experience a taste of France with the Sud de France Festival, as 120 participating wine stores, restaurants and wine bars offer a variety of products from the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This region, located in sunny and warm South of France, is probably most famous for winemaking, which dates back to 6 BCE, when the region was controlled by the Greeks. Since that time, wines continued to be developed by the Romans and then the French, and remain some of the most desirable wines to this day. Due to the variety and richness of the soils in Languedoc-Roussillon, a large diversity of wines are produced that can be paired with a multitude of different dishes.

This year’s festival includes not only food and wine, but a number of concerts, dance performances and other cultural events (some free and some paid) that will allow New Yorkers to steep themselves in the tradition and culture of the South of France. June 6th, the kick-off day of the festival, starts at 8 p.m. and features a night of wine, food, music and dancing aboard The Frying Pan, a boat docked at Pier 66 in Manhattan. Guests at this free event will also experience an installation of paintings and live art performance entitled “Ivres de bouteilles” by Languedoc-Roussillon artist Francesca Caruana, a set by the Montpellier acoustic duo Lull, a reading by acclaimed travel writer and historian Tony Perrotet from his new book The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe, and the sounds of The New York Brass Band. Other events feature cocktails and music at the French Embassy, live performances at the MoMA and of course, many, many wine tastings, spread out through different participating stores in the boroughs.

For more information on the festival and a list of events taking place, go to: http://www.festival-suddefrance.com/New-York.62.0.html

Originally published June 2011
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